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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 22, 2010 9:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

I "settled" for this one.

Although I prefer the Vernon version.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-02-22.sbd.vernon.5206.shnf

And no I don't know why.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Feb 22, 2010 7:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

The Eleven is very lyrical.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 22, 2010 7:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

I used it as my HS grad quote in which they let us read a few lines of some such ("...thought jewels polished and gleaming..." sorta fit...I thought so at the time anyhow).

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 22, 2010 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Hey Mando; hope all is well. This is a 24 hr period for catching up with old friends as I've not seen here for a while...

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 22, 2010 10:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

WT - been real busy lately. Lucky if I can even get a drive by done in the Forum lately. Work is hectic and still fighting the remnants of the sinus infection that grounded me for the Furthur show at the Spaceship.

That and Mrs. Mando put me to work yesterday - 3 1/2 yards of compost moved into the garden beds, all of which had to be turned under again. Gettng ready for the spring planting - we have three flats each of Syrian Oregano, Orange Balsam Thyme, Watermelon Salvia (Sage), Lemon Verbena, Woolly Lavendar, Pineapple Sage and Grape Scented Sage (yeah, we're going for the hummingbird crop this year).

And all of that on top of the regular "what we eat" stuff.

Hope all is well and the trolls leave you alone.

Consensus at work is Dream Bowl is the shit. Not that my coworkers have a choice in the matter.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Feb 22, 2010 10:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

holy hell, mandojammer, that's a lot of herb!

do you dry it out and use it all up? give some away as gifts?

even if its just for the hummingbirds, seems like its worth it! its heavenly just thinking about the smell of all of those plants :)

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 22, 2010 11:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Hey dead -

Mrs. Mando uses just about all of the culinary herbs. The Syrian Oregano and Orange Balsam Thyme are great in just about anything. She makes summer sun teas with the verbena. The rest of the is mostly for the eye and nose. She uses them as companion plantings in our square foot garden beds (all 640+ square freakin' feet that need to be turned again in a few weeks) as natural pesticide and pollinator attractors.

What she doesn't use to cook with she either dries or freezes. We have had a lot of luck the past few years pulling seeds out and mailing around to friends and family.

Once the season gets going if you want any, just drop me an email at mandojamr at yahoo dot com with your contact info and I'll get some seed or dried herbs to you.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Feb 22, 2010 11:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Also, are you all making essential oils for the eye/nose application?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 22, 2010 11:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

We are going to try to do some oil extraction this year with the lavendars and rosemary.

Also thinking about planting some Russian Comfrey to try as a medicinal poultice. If nothing else it is an amazing compost since it has very high concentrations of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous. It's hard to grow since rabbits and gophers love it - but that's what my trusty .22 is for. A couple of high subsonic Remington Yellowjacket rounds and the varmint won't know what hit him and the neighbors won't hear a thing (except perhaps the bolt racking back).

If there is an herb that will grow in Zone 8A it's in our backyard.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Feb 22, 2010 11:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Thank you for your kind offer, Mando :)

Companion planting techniques are so infinitely interesting! I had never heard of using any of those plants as companions so its definitely eye-opening! It just makes sense that these plants have so many uses when planted in a certain way. The best solutions are ones that address all of the related issues at once and companion planting does just that!

I don't have my own garden yet but where I worked, we used marigold, borage, and basil with good effects around tomatoes.

Also, separating your rows of potatoes with rows of bush beans will stymie the Colorado beetles' ability to wreak havoc :)

Have fun with the compost - Hope you got your wheelbarrow bushings greased up :)

"the work of his day measures more than the planting and growing" LET IT GROW

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 22, 2010 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Basil was superb around our tomatoes for a pesticide, but we had to resort to chemical warfare for a bout of early blight and septoria. We also use marigolds, pansy, cornflower (and likely other stuff I forgot).

Mrs. Mando had three kinds of basil going - Sweet Italian - very tasty, classic basil; Thai Basil - so sweet it was almost hot and African Blue Basil - very pungent and great in sauces and cooking. Every now and then Mrs. Mando would sneak a few leaves into my salads just to watch my eyes water. African Blue is sterile and doesn't produce seed, so you have to cut plantings and put them in water for a few weeks - we've had ours for three years now and it's almost big enough to climb.

We use cat pee in our potato beds (more accurately, that's where the cats have decided they are going to pee).

Good thing sweet potatoes like acidic soil - had no issues with Colorado beetles last year. We had marigolds, two jalapeno, two serrano and a habanero plant in the potato beds and pulled almost 70 pounds out of a 10' x 4' box.

Who'd have thunk I'd get such a kick out of gardening? Very rewarding though - we grew 90% of the vegetables we ate last summer in our backyard from May through October.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 22, 2010 11:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Very cool on the gardening front! Great source of enjoyment for me these days, though out here it is in the form of desert annuals, cacti and the like...but, it gives me something to take pride and joy in...here are a few shots of some of them:



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Poster: cush212 Date: Feb 22, 2010 11:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Very nice Brother Tell, and looks efficient too... I've done a bit of gardening also, not much space here, but going to try some pots on the patio. Bad exposure for summer sun, but will try anyway... Have you bought fresh basil lately?

:)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 22, 2010 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Thanks, C!

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 22, 2010 11:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Great shots Tell. What is the purple flower in the foreground of the last picture? It almost looks like Richard Gray Lavendar - which I think does well up to Zone 11 since it is a pretty hardy water conserving evergreen.

Check out some of Mrs. Mando's garden handiwork (as well as her photographer's eye if you are so inclined to poke around her pages)

Warning: Shameless Plug

All Gardens:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/41761556@N08/sets/72157622010385351/

Square Foot Graden:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/41761556@N08/sets/72157622377775056/

Her Flickr Home page:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/41761556@N08/

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Poster: cush212 Date: Feb 22, 2010 12:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Very nice Mando! Looks very pretty and quite yummy also!!! All organic I trust... Great photography as well! No wonder your back is tired. I've grown a few large gardens and know how much work it is, but the rewards are worth it!!!

:)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 22, 2010 12:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Looking further, I've made my decision! When the shit hits the fan, I am stopping at SDH's cmpd, for about 3 mins...if he doesn't get in the car, he's history, as I am DEAD set on driving East and just praying you'll give me directions "in" when I call, lost and hungry!

Jeeezzzzus, that is one impressive place you two have going!

Take real pride in that, and give her my "congrats" from a desert gardener that lets Mother Nature do 99% of the work...I am just a weed picker really.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 22, 2010 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

The lavender/blue are two kinds of Lupine: big showy one is Mohave species, smaller, less showy is Sonoran...both legumes. Phacelia are in there two, but too short for you to see, I think (bluebells of the Mohave)...I pride myself on only desert natives of my two fav places (Sonoran/Mohave).

Nice shots as well on your end! Never had tried the "edible" pursuits myself though...